Updated July 23, 2021
The Financial Services Department oversees the financial management and coordinates Information Technology functions for the District of Sooke. Departmental duties and functions include:
- Financial Planning
- Treasury and cash management
- Accounting and payroll
- Financial reporting and internal control
- Property Taxes
- Business Licences and Commercial Vehicles
- Risk Management and Claims
- Municipal Budget
- Quarterly Budget Updates, 2021: The Director of Financial Services provides quarterly updates at a Regular Meeting of Council:
- As of January 1, 2021, the Province of British Columbia will be administering the Home Owner Grant. The province shares, “theses amendments are the first step to centralizing the homeowner grant program for the 2021 tax year. The proposed amendments do not change the eligibility criteria for the program.” This means that the Province will be entirely responsible for the homeowner grant program for the 2021 tax year AND all homeowners will apply directly to the Province online or over the phone, read more.
- Change of Address: If you would like to submit an address change for your property tax account please complete the Address Change Request form and email to email@example.com. You must also change your address online at the BC Assessment website.
Release of Audit Findings
Audit Findings Reports to Council are prepared annually by the District of Sooke’s external auditors. The District’s auditors, KPMG, consider these reports confidential and deliver the findings to Council on a confidential basis. The District may release the information if it chooses. Reports released are available here.
Property Tax Information
Property Taxation is the most important single source of municipal revenue for the District of Sooke. Provincial legislation sets out very detailed regulation of municipal taxation.
The District of Sooke collects taxes for both the municipality and a number of other governing agencies, such as the Capital Regional District, the Regional Hospital District, and Schools. Of the total property tax you pay, 44.8% is applied directly to municipal services. The balance is collected on behalf of, and transferred to other taxing authorities.
Each year, property tax notices will be mailed in late May or early June.
Change of Address
If you would like to submit an address change for your property tax account please complete the Address Change Request form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must also change your address online at the BC Assessment website.